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Picturing Death in Classical Athens: The Evidence of the White Lekythoi (John H Oakley) Hardcover Book, (Cambridge University Press, 2005) 9780521820165
Picturing Death in Classical Athens: The Evidence of the White Lekythoi (John H Oakley) Hardcover Book, (Cambridge University Press, 2005) 9780521820165
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Title: Picturing Death in Classical Athens: The Evidence of the White Lekythoi

Author: Oakley, John H

Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Publication Date: 2005

Hardcover; ISBN: 9780521820165

Volumes: 1; Pages: 296

List Price in Cloth: $101.00 Our price: $101.00

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The Attic white lekythoi, funerary vases long appreciated for their beautiful polychrome images, evoke the style of lost classical wall and mural paintings. This richly illustrated volume closely examines the four major types of scenes: domestic pictures; the mythological conductors of the soul; the prothesis (wake); and visits to the grave. John Oakley analyzes these pictures in context, documenting relationships between the "rites of passage," Athenian history, and the changing perceptions of death in fifth-century Athens. First comprehensive study of the pictures on white lekythois Explains the social, historical and cultural reasons why these pictures were chosen for the these vessels Richly illustrated: 8 color plates with 16 images, and 175 black and white illustrations
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